On Thursday 20th March, the Adobe Make It roadshow came to Melbourne’s Telstra HQ.

The guest customer speaker was Professor Duncan Bentley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of Swinburne University.


Professor Bentley shared how proud he is of the fact that his university has become Australia’s first Adobe Creative Campus. This means that every Swinburne student and staff member gets free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud thanks to the agreement they have with Adobe. Click here for more information.


He described how important this decision was in terms of encouraging Swinburne students and staff to develop their creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills.


I recently interviewed Professor Sarah Maddison, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Innovation and Change about this initiative during one of out Adobe Creative Jam events.

Digital Creativity at East Doncaster Secondary College


On Wednesday 19th February, I had the pleasure to visit East Doncaster Secondary College in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs to work with some of their media and art students.


I was very pleased to meet with Media teacher Brett Lamb and see some of the great work he is doing to enhance digital creativity and communication skills at his school.

Character Animator and Premiere Pro where the two main applications that I demonstrated and work-shopped. The student picked up the basics and some of them displayed considerable talent.

The Victoria Department of Education are in the process of providing access to the most recent Adobe Creative Cloud applications to all of their secondary schools. So it is a pleasure to share the value of these tools throughout Victoria this year and see students and teacher make the most of them in the curriculum and beyond.

During this event, I also deomstarted Fresco and Aero and gave one of the students about 5 minutes to do a quick Fresco sketch. This is what she came up with …


She also showed me what she had recently created with Photoshop …


Another great example of when you give students the tools, time and encouragement they can produce incredible results.



Adobe MAKE IT Brisbane


On Tuesday 18th February, Adobe took over the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane for another Make It event.

It was great to have a large number of graphic designers, video producers, UI & UX experts and educators mixing together to see what is new in the world of Adobe applications.


A large number of educators had a special session with me that focused on Adobe resources and apps that are used by educators around the globe.


We went through a range of desktop & mobile tools including Character Animator and Spark.

We also went through some of the research behind the importance of creativity in education and shared the value of the amazing Adobe Education Exchange.


The participants were encouraged to create a Spark Page to document some of their leanings during this session. Click here to see what Erin Raethke from TAFE QLD produced. She also had this to say about the event …

I really engaged with all of the presenters and content – everyone did an exceptional job. The section of the presentation that dealt with building a 3D object in real time with imported custom textures was really interesting and has inspired me to want to experiment in my own time. Tim’s session: I enjoyed the enthusiasm of his presentation style (not just because I got a sticker). Although I have used all of the products he demonstrated before, I found the challenge of creating a ‘blog’ style page about the event in real time an engaging challenge… and I appreciated the risk in giving people your ‘blessing’ to play with their phones during your presentation. I guess if people are going to look at their phones anyway, might as well direct their attention to engaging with the content!


Most of the resources that I shared during this event can be found here on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Sparking Creativity at The University of Queensland


On Monday 17th February, I was invited to run a 2hr digital creativity workshop with about 30 doctoral students representing a number of facilitates throughout the University of Queensland.

The brief for this event was to share a variety of Adobe tools that will help these student creativity present their research. The obvious solution was Adobe Spark.

It is always a pleasure to see how the Adobe Spark tools are able to engage such a wide variety of people from primary students and teachers through to PhD students and university professors.

A number of these students also had access to the full set of Adobe Creative Cloud applications either through their faculty or they are taking advantage of the student discount. So, I introduced them to Premier Rush as well as a few Photoshop tips to help advance their presentation and creativity skills.

Special thanks to Dr Anna (Anya) Phelan, Director Global Change Scholars Program, Research Fellow at the UQ Business School for organising this event for her students.




Digital Creativity in South Australia


On Thursday 13th February, the Adobe Make IT roadshow hit the Adelaide Convention Centre .


Adobe’s ANZ solution consulting team have been traveling around Australia throughout February sharing some of the new features of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications that were announced at the last Adobe Max conference in LA.

During most of the Make It events, we have been running an education stream to highlight how Adobe apps are making such a positive difference to primary, secondary & tertiary classrooms around the globe.

Most of the resources that I shared during this event can be found here on the Adobe Education Exchange.


Injecting Creativity in Melbourne’s North


The first of many planned Inject Creativity into the Curriculum events was held at Hazel Glen College in Melbourne’s growing northern suburbs on Tuesday 11th February.

Just over 30 teachers registered for this after-school professional learning event that involved a mix of product demos as well as a small group Spark design challenge.


For most of the teachers, it was their first experience with the Adobe Spark tools so it was particularly pleasing to see how quickly they picked up the skills and shared how these apps could be used to enhance a wide range of curriculum areas.

The Victorian Department of Education & Training is in the process of providing the full Adobe Creative Cloud applications to all of their secondary students and staff. It was a pleasure to explain what that means to these teachers and share with them the opportunities that this will provide them.

It was very pleasing to get the following feedback from Danny Summerell (Instructional Leader – Innovations) who helped organise the event.

Once again, I want to thank you for the time you spent at Hazel Glen yesterday. I spoke to a number of staff today that attended your workshop and they all said the same thing, that they left last night absolutely buzzing with enthusiasm.

Personally, it was one of the best PLs I’ve ever been part of and I am extremely grateful.

I’m getting back in to doing the short courses on the teacher exchange and I’ll try and get those points up. We’ve already planned a short PL with our Humanities department for next week, so it’s all looking positive.



Adobe Day at Hazel Glen College, Victoria


My first student Adobe Day for 2020 was held on Tuesday 11th February at the wonderful Hazel Glen College in Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs. Located in one of Melbourne fastest growing areas, this school has grown from about 150 students when it was founded only 6 years ago, to now be one of Victoria’s largest.

I began the day with a double session of Year 9 design students and their teacher who were keen to know more about Photoshop. Then after the morning recess break I had a double session with the Year 11 & 12 Visual Communication & Design students, also on Photoshop.

I introduced the new Adobe Fresco drawing app to the Year 11s & 12s and handed over my iPad to one of the students for a few minutes to have a play. Have a look at what he created …


This is a great example of when you give students the tools, time and encouragement to be creative, they rarely let you down.

After lunch, representatives from all Year 8 classes joined me for a Spark challenge, where they were encouraged to create a Spark Post & Spark Video about their passions and interests. Many of these students were just as creative.

I’d like to thank Daniel Sommerell (Instructional Leader – Innovations) for organising this day for the students.